If Juventus play ‘our game’, Spurs will lose, says Giorgio Chiellini

If Juventus play ‘our game’, Spurs will lose, says Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini believes Juventus must play their natural game if they are to eliminate Tottenham Hotspur from the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Round of 16 meeting between last season’s finalists and Spurs is neatly poised at 2-2 after Mauricio Pochettino’s men snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in Turin three weeks ago.

Chiellini, who concedes the north London side have a slight advantage, feels it’s still Juve’s tie to lose and is backing their much better prepared defence in handling the occasion at Wembley.

“Juventus must be Juventus. If we play our match, we’ll win,” he told l Giornale, via gianlucadimarzio.com.

“Tottenham are an offensive team, they have a lot of quality and they concede something: they won’t assault us offensively but you don’t change your characteristics overnight. We hope to have more players available to have more weapons once the match starts.

“Kane is one of the best three/four strikers in the world. Tottenham have a slight advantage because they scored two away goals. It’s all wide open and they know it. Will our defence be decisive? We’re better prepared since we know them a bit better.”

How the first leg happened

The game started disastrously for the Lilywhites after Juve quickly found themselves 2-0 up, via a Gonzalo Higuain brace.

However, ten minutes before half-time, the irresistible Harry Kane halved the deficit, scoring his 33rd for Tottenham this season – he’s since added two more to his tally.

Higuain had the chance to restore Juve’s two-goal lead from the spot, but the Argentine could only manage to hit the crossbar.

Just when it looked like the match was destined to end in a narrow win for the Italian champions, Spurs won a free-kick in the 71st minute.

Up stepped Christian Eriksen, whose shot managed to squeeze past Buffon, putting the north Londoners in the driving seat ahead of their second leg return at Wembley this week.